Maine Health Access Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: The Main Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) focuses its grantmaking on access to quality healthcare for uninsured and underserved populations in Maine.

IP TAKE: Groups that incorporate more than one of MeHAF’s priorities into their initiatives are much more likely to receive funding. The foundation is extremely interested in patient-oriented care. Adding a cost control or access element might push your application over the finish line.

PROFILE: Health policy and access are the bread and butter of the Maine Health Access Foundation. This Blue Cross Blue Shield spin-off is the largest funder of health programs in Maine. That doesn't amount to a ton of money compared to the larger, national funders in the public health space. However, the foundation gives to an unusually wide variety of policy and access causes.

It's difficult to find a subject area or philanthropic cause to which the foundation has not contributed. A scan of its grantmaking reveals gifts for low-income and minority groups, safety-net providers, mental health, prisoner health, oral health, child welfare, rural healthcare, Native American tribes, and many others. Still, the foundation does have three main grantmaking programs, Access for All, Better Care, and Improved Health, each of which has several subsidiary initiatives focusing on specific goals.

With a relatively small endowment, MeHAF doesn't provide massive, multimillion-dollar grants. Most grants fall between $10,000 and $100,000, with a few going above the $100,000 mark. It’s also worth mentioning that MeHAF has a Discretionary Grants program that makes awards from $5,000 to $10,000 to Maine-based organizations working within the foundation’s areas of funding interest.

MeHAF accepts unsolicited grant applications, typically beginning in the spring of each year.


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